The season 2020 has ended

The summer holidays are over and Tarifa's streets have been empty since the beginning of September. We have therefore also closed down for this year.

Despite the short season we had many special sightings. We hope that the situation will become normal by the next season and can't wait to take you out to see the whales again from the 26th of March 2021 on.

See you soon in Tarifa, Katharina Heyer and the firmm team

Foundation board of firmm

The leading authority of a foundation is the foundation board. It supervises all activities and ensures that the purpose of the foundation is conscientiously pursued.

Members of the foundation board

Katharina Heyer

Dr. h. c. Katharina Heyer

As founder and president of firmm Katharina Heyer leads the foundation in Switzerland and Spain. She spends the summer months with her team with the whales and dolphins in Tarifa. In winter she is on her way to lectures, fairs and other events in Switzerland and Germany to carry the cause of firmm into the world.

Patricia Holm

Prof. Dr. Patricia Holm

Patricia Holm has been a member of the foundation board since 2010. The Professor of Ecology at the University of Basel is also a Swiss delegate to the scientific committee of the IWC. At firmm she is responsible for research and scientific work.

Benny Stutz

Benny Stutz

Benny Stutz has supported our foundation from the very beginning. He has been a member of the foundation board since 1998 and is therefore a founding member of firmm. Benny was founder and managing director of the Gärtnerhaus Foundation, which came into being one year before firmm. Due to his age he resigned there.

Samuel Notz

Samuel Notz

Samuel Notz has been a member of the foundation board since 2008. He advises firmm in economic, financial and organizational matters and is involved in the future strategic orientation of firmm. Samuel is also the initiator of firmm-education.

Caroline Burger

Caroline Burger

Caroline Burger has been a member of the foundation board since 2015, but for many years already she has been taking care of the administrative support of firmm Switzerland. Among other things, she is responsible for answering enquiries and sending information about the courses and the receipts for donations.

Margrit Brack

Margrit Brack

Margrit Brack has been accompanying firmm since the foundation was founded. She manages the bookkeeping in Switzerland and is our link to the foundation control of the Dept. of the Interior in Bern as well as to the Register of Companies. She coordinates the bookkeeping of Spain with the bookkeeping in Switzerland.

Former members of the foundation board

David Senn

Prof. David Senn

David Senn was a founding member of our foundation and responsible for the area research, which he handed over to Patricia Holm in 2010.